(February 27, 2016) — Cue the bittersweet realization of just how much we’ve grown up.
Andie, Duckie and Blane are firmly in their 40s, and “Pretty in Pink” — a 1980s cinematic ode to teen angst — is 30.
Released on February 28, 1986, the film written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch features a group of have and have-not high school students who wrestle with conformity, acceptance and rejection against a backdrop of zany ’80s fashions and hairstyles.
Molly Ringwald, praised in The New York Times review for her “pouty naturalness,” plays creative teen Andie Walsh, who is being raised by her unemployed father (Harry Dean Stanton) on the poor side of town.
Ebullient sidekick Duckie, played by Jon Cryer, has a huge crush on Andie, who is otherwise enthralled with rich kid Blane (Andrew McCarthy).
”Blane? His name is Blane? That’s a major appliance, that’s not a name,” Duckie laments.
The earnest love triangle gets some added zing from Andie’s older friend, fashion consultant and romantic adviser Iona (Annie Potts) and Blane’s all-around jerk of a friend Steff (James Spader).
The cast has grown up right alongside the movie’s target audience. Check out the gallery above to see what the cast members doing now.